LRT contractor loses appeal to extend construction time

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The Court of Final Appeal has ruled against the consortium responsible for the Phase One works of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) in Cotai that had requested the MSAR government to extend its construction period for the project.
The consortium – comprising Continental Engineering Corporation, Top Builders Internacional Ltd. and Companhia de Construção Ng Kam Kee – was granted the project contract in December 2012 for some MOP815 million (US$101.9 million) according to the Official Gazette.
The consortium was mandated to complete the project within 1,021 days. Having filed a request with the Secretary for Transport and Public Works for extending the period of the works in February and March 2015, the company was rejected by the Secretary in a dispatch on June 3 the same year.
The consortium later filed an appeal with the Court of Second Instance, which also declined the request saying the reason was because the appeal was only filed after the deadline of the consortium’s appeal period against the dispatch had expired.
The top court retains the second court’s ruling, indicating the appealer should have known the start of its appeal period was the following day it received the notice from the authorities informing of the dispatch on June 23.
It stressed that the starting date would not be changed even though the appeal period of 30 days was once paused due to the consortium’s missing documents for the appeal.